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« Reply #1290 on: March 23, 2017, 03:50:30 PM »
Huntington Bank commits $150M for affordable housing in Ohio



Huntington National Bank is growing its funding commitment for affordable housing in Ohio.

The Columbus bank says it will invest $150 million in new and refurbished properties by the end of 2018, bringing its program funding total to $513 million since 2010.

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« Reply #1291 on: March 28, 2017, 12:06:03 PM »
Morning Roundup: Columbus' downtown revival No. 5 in the country



Columbus' downtown revival is among the most vibrant in the country.

Realtor.com looked at a series of factors to calculate its top 10 cities whose downtowns have been making a comeback over the past five years.

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http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/03/28/morning-roundup-columbus-downtown-revival-no-5-in.html
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« Reply #1292 on: April 10, 2017, 09:25:19 AM »
Just noticed Business First setup a "crane watch" map for Columbus, here's the link -

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/maps/columbus-crane-watch

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« Reply #1293 on: April 11, 2017, 11:54:43 PM »
Smith Brothers' 500-person rooftop event space on track for fall opening



The owner of the Smith Brothers Hardware building north of downtown is adding a 500-person rooftop patio - and quickly filling reservations for events.

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http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/04/11/smith-brothers-500-person-rooftop-event-space-on.html
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« Reply #1294 on: April 17, 2017, 07:52:55 PM »
More apartments targeted downtown with planned 8-story building on Long Street
By Evan Weese, Staff Reporter - Columbus Business First
Updated: April 17, 2017, 4:12pm EDT


A Columbus developer is planning to build an eight-story apartment building blocks away from the Statehouse, in an area where surface parking is giving way to vertical development.  Solove Real Estate has filed an application with the city’s Downtown Commission for a high-rise on a narrow strip of surface parking between the Buckeye Garage and Long Street.

The View on Long apartment building would have 95 units - 20 studios, 48 one-bedrooms and 27 two-bedrooms - and would be connected to the 755-space parking garage of roughly the same height, according to the submission.
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Solove has replicated “The View” concept elsewhere, building the View on Fifth near Grandview Heights, the View on High near Ohio State University and the View on Grant near Columbus State Community College.

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« Reply #1295 on: April 17, 2017, 07:53:17 PM »
^ Here are some of the visuals to go along with the View on Long project.  The proposed 8-story, 95-unit apartment building would be built on the narrow parking lot in front of the Buckeye Parking Garage at 55 E. Long Street:



Streetview of the proposed building site in front of the Buckeye Parking Garage on Long Street:



Rendering of the proposed 8-story, 95-unit apartment building proposed to be built in front of the Buckeye Parking Garage:
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« Reply #1296 on: April 17, 2017, 09:12:42 PM »
^^Such a good idea to 'line' the side of that garage with apts. I cannot see the article...are they planning for any ground floor retail?

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« Reply #1297 on: April 17, 2017, 10:54:06 PM »
Not in love with how it looks but what a great idea and site. This will do a lot to help Long St fill-in in that area. Hope they include some retail as well.

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« Reply #1298 on: April 17, 2017, 11:42:34 PM »
^This.
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« Reply #1299 on: April 18, 2017, 09:38:24 AM »
I was wondering when this might get developed. Any idea when that garage was built? This is one of those rare times in Columbus when a garage is built with the foresight to leave the area along the street to be developed in the future to mask it.

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« Reply #1300 on: April 18, 2017, 10:03:09 AM »
That rendering looks like a 1970's Holiday Inn.

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« Reply #1301 on: April 18, 2017, 10:33:16 AM »
I mean.... the design is pretty terrible, like a giant white castle (though that could be fitting  :laugh: ). However, this is a good sign. If we've learned anything from this developers previous builds, it's that they go big, they have clean designs, and they like to make 15 redesigns before they move forward with a project. I just hope they use better materials than the campus iterations of "The View" brand.

I believe the height is appropriate, the glass is good, and the variation is good. Maybe just a bit more refined. Overall I'm glad someone is finally moving on this lot and honestly it can really only improve this pretty terrible stretch of downtown. Seriously.

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« Reply #1302 on: April 19, 2017, 10:37:14 AM »
^^Such a good idea to 'line' the side of that garage with apts.  I cannot see the article...are they planning for any ground floor retail?
The article didn't mention any ground floor retail.


Any idea when that garage was built?  This is one of those rare times in Columbus when a garage is built with the foresight to leave the area along the street to be developed in the future to mask it.
According to the County Auditor's site, it was built in 1975.
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« Reply #1303 on: April 19, 2017, 10:37:32 AM »
Across Long Street from the Buckeye Parking Garage is another parking garage at 56 E. Long Street.  This garage has been closed since September 2013 since the city cited it for unsafe conditions.  Eventually, a new property owner bought it and has been renovating it.  Previous update in this thread:  https://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php/topic,419.msg845722.html#msg845722

CU is now reporting that it will re-open on May 1 with 564 spaces and a car wash facility on the ground floor:  http://www.columbusunderground.com/long-street-parking-garage-reopening-to-public-we1

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« Reply #1304 on: April 19, 2017, 09:42:07 PM »
^^Such a good idea to 'line' the side of that garage with apts.  I cannot see the article...are they planning for any ground floor retail?
The article didn't mention any ground floor retail.


Any idea when that garage was built?  This is one of those rare times in Columbus when a garage is built with the foresight to leave the area along the street to be developed in the future to mask it.
According to the County Auditor's site, it was built in 1975.

 The Columbus Underground article stated that the part of the ground floor not used for access to the garage will be for apartments. Who would want to live on the ground floor at that location? Ugh. They should set aside the ground floor for some other use IMO. And the other renderings of this do not make it look any more attractive. But it is better than what is there now.
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« Reply #1305 on: April 22, 2017, 08:46:10 PM »
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New Plan Calls for Three-Story Building on Long Street Downtown

The Downtown Commission will hear two proposals for surface parking lots on Long Street this month — an eight-story apartment building at 55 E. Long and a three-story building down the street, at 274 E. Long.

The three-story building is proposed for land owned by the Edwards Companies, on a parcel previously targeted by the developer for inclusion in its Neighborhood Launch project.

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« Reply #1306 on: April 23, 2017, 04:37:45 PM »
Ugly and too short.  Edwards is so bipolar with its projects.  Sometimes they're really good, sometimes they are just awful.  Nothing that gets built/proposed Downtown should be smaller than what you would see in Hilliard.  I think that's a good starting point for Downtown development, especially on an important street. 

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« Reply #1307 on: April 23, 2017, 08:21:52 PM »
I really don't think this small lot is that big of a deal height wise-the big parking lot just west of this is much more important and should get some height at least like in the Normandy/Neilston range. However the proposal looks very ugly just like the 8 floor proposal down the street. What is up with this ugliness(at least what is depicted on these crappy renders)?Crappy renderings make me suspicious as hell also.
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« Reply #1308 on: April 24, 2017, 12:46:51 AM »
While it's great to see retail space being included, something should definitely be done to enliven the blank walls along the rest of the ground level - murals, mosaics, vines/trellis structures, etc.

I agree with @Toddguy that the height is not really a big deal here. This is proposed for a very tiny dirt lot on the corner of that block, not including the existing parking lots on either side. Maybe they could add another stack of units to get it to 6, but that's pushing it, especially when Edwards likes to include 2 parking spaces per unit with these...

(Also this looks weird in that rendering partly because it's being shown in parallel projection, not perspective. I think in real life this will not be so bad, and actually kind of fit the site.)

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« Reply #1309 on: April 25, 2017, 03:44:30 PM »
Renovation Planned for Downtown Building at Fourth & Long

New plans to renovate a six-story building located at the Downtown intersection of Fourth Street and Long Street have emerged this week, courtesy of local developer Connect Realty. Former plans to demolish and replace the building have been scrapped, and new plans call for a renovation into approximately 40 apartment units with ground-floor retail, and a new parking structure planned to replace the parking lot to the north of the building.

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« Reply #1310 on: May 11, 2017, 10:49:54 AM »
Another photo of the parking garage that was renovated at 56 E. Long Street - previous photo at https://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php/topic,419.msg849952.html#msg849952.

This one is from today's article in the Dispatch about downtown parking:  http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170511/is-parking-shortage-pinching-downtown-growth

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« Reply #1311 on: May 12, 2017, 03:45:59 PM »
Residential Conversion of Downtown Building Almost Complete

The conversion of a prominent Downtown office building to residential use is almost complete, with the first units expected to be available for rent starting in July.

Historically known as the Mercantile Building, the structure at 309 S. Fourth St. held offices for many years, although it was built in 1902 as the home of the United States Carriage Company.

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« Reply #1312 on: May 20, 2017, 03:01:52 PM »
^ That building is one of my favorite downtown buildings.  Very handsome architecture.  Glad to see its going residential.
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« Reply #1313 on: May 20, 2017, 03:02:44 PM »
Construction firm leaves Polaris area for historic downtown building



Gilbane Building Co. is relocating to downtown Columbus.

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http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/04/25/citys-largest-construction-firm-moving-to-historic.html

This news was originally posted in the General Business News thread.  Business First also had a follow-up article about this building at 145 E. Rich Street.  The owner considered renovating this older Class C office building for residential – a not-uncommon solution in today's downtown – but ultimately decided to redevelop the building as new office spaces.  The article contained a dramatic before-and-after photo of the interior renovation:

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/05/12/owners-of-outdated-office-buildings-face-a-choice.html

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« Reply #1314 on: May 22, 2017, 05:14:19 PM »
Social Justice Park Planned for East Broad Street

Columbus may bring to life the country’s first ever Social Justice Park. The First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ of Columbus submitted a Request for Conceptual Review to the Downtown Commission to construct the park at 404 East Broad Street in the Discovery District.

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« Reply #1315 on: May 22, 2017, 05:15:23 PM »
Rooftop patio planned atop one of Columbus' tallest buildings



A rooftop patio is being planned atop one of Columbus’ tallest buildings.

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« Reply #1316 on: May 23, 2017, 10:24:58 AM »
^ A bit more from Business First on this proposal for the Huntington Center, plus a rendering of life at the top of the tower:



"Houston-based Hines is working on the rooftop patio amenity in a $3.5 million project that will include street-level improvements and interior work, according to a proposal being reviewed Tuesday by the city’s Downtown Commission."

"The owner of the Huntington Center plans to add a terrace on the 36th floor, in the middle of the tower’s distinctive stair-step rooftop.  Renderings of the patio show a lounge area with outdoor furniture and greenery surrounded by tall glass windows.  It's unclear whether the patio would be restricted to tenants."

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« Reply #1317 on: May 23, 2017, 10:36:55 AM »
http://www.dispatch.com/content/blogs/a-look-back/2010/06/one_nation_columbus_restaurant.html

This history of restaurants/bars at the top of skyscrapers in Columbus is...well, it's not littered with success stories.

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« Reply #1318 on: May 23, 2017, 11:53:33 AM »
^I remember going up to One Nation in 1988 with my folks. It was the Summer of Floyd in Columbus that year (the city went Pink Floyd crazy in the months leaning up to Floyd's show at The Shoe) and they were playing "Comfortably Numb" and "us and Them" softly on the restaurant's sound system.

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« Reply #1319 on: June 04, 2017, 05:32:56 PM »
Express turning old Weisheimer Vacuum building downtown into offices, photography studio

Express Inc. is moving jobs downtown.

The Columbus-based retailer will put offices and a photography studio into the 20,000-square-foot building at 235 N. Fourth St., the former Weisheimer Vacuum building just north of Wolf’s Ridge Brewing Co.

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http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/05/15/express-turning-old-weisheimer-vacuum-building.html



This was originally posted in the Columbus General Business thread, but I wanted to follow up with a post here in the construction section because this looks like it will be a pretty decent project.  Here's a rendering of how Express will be renovating the ground floor of the former Weisheimer Vacuum building for its offices and photography studio at 235 N. Fourth Street:


Once Express is finished with the former Weisheimer building, this N. Fourth Street block will look pretty good.  The rest of the half-block contains a four-story building that was renovated into condos around the mid-2000's.  A contemporary four-story infill addition was added as part of that condo project between that building and the Weisheimer building.  And as the Business First article noted, this block is immediately north of Wolf’s Ridge Brewing:

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